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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Because of the McMansion Hell blog...

8459 South Michigan - Eric Allix Rogers
I've grown to appreciate mid-century modern architecture. There are plenty examples of these buildings on the south side. Not just Hyde Park/Kenwood, but further south. Perhaps here I will share my own observations with you.

Meanwhile you should read McMansion Hell to see what they have against these McMansions. We've seen them out there around the country. Surely you've seen them in the Chicago area and I know I've seen them in the suburbs of ATL.

BTW, if you've got the cash there is a mid-century modern revival. If you already own such a home this is what you can do to keep it maintained.

FTR, I'm posting this to lighten the mood just change subjects for a bit from the new administration in Washington. Perhaps the good times will roll again we shall see.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Trump taking the oath and inaugural speech

[VIDEO] I did this 8 years ago with Obama and his first inauguration. This time I do this for the new President - the Donald.... It was a great Speech and mentioned America First - even if someone may have found that offensive for historical reasons.

All the same he made it clear the forgotten men and women of this nation are forgotten no more and is being returned to "we the people". Let's see if President Trump can live up to this.

BTW, I was looking for a post I written about my interest in getting more involved in politics. It seems this is always a goal when changes like this happen. Mostly talk, but it seems for the moment politics have become much more interesting to me as of late. It's something that will be explored here on this blog.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday is Inauguration Day for Donald Trump

Like it or not we're going to see a lot more of him after 12 Noon on Friday which is when Donald Trump loses the -elect portion of his new title and takes the oath. Trump becomes President of the United States, President...

This is the final act of an interesting election season which saw some mudslinging, namecalling, controversy, federal investigations, etc. And as all those happen it seemed that moment was clearly on Trump's side and there was nothing that was going to change that. Not even a very vulgar hot-mike locker room conversation...

Without a doubt Trump is often portrayed as very divisive. He made an impression among the American people during last year's election. He was without a doubt very outspoken, and when you think about it he always has been. He hasn't always been soft-spoken even as a mere celebrity.

So as of tomorrow he takes on the reigns of our nation. The new chief executive of the USA and while I didn't support him with my vote last year he deserves a chance to succeed or fail. I know there are those that don't want him to even have the opportunity to fail but he will have one.

And unlike those many house Democrats which includes civil rights icon John Lewis who choose not to attend the inauguration on Friday, I hope to be in front of the TV tomorrow. Watch the festivities take place before reporting to work on Friday.

While you're at it check out What happened when the transition between the Bush and Obama administrations took place suddenly the website for the President of the United State simply switched gears quickly.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kurt Angle is in the WWE Hall of Fame

[VIDEO] This is a clear sign Kurt Angle is returning to the WWE universe where he belongs since about 2006 he had been with the competing Total Nonstop Action Wrestling until his contract was up with them sometime in 2016.

What distiguishes Angle is that he is an Olympic gold medalist which is something he certainly played up during his time in WWE. In another era he'd have been the perfect baby face. But somehow they turned some of his baby face attributed into a very heel persona. As an Olympic hero/gold medalist he was not liked by the WWE universe however he still was able to put on a good match and had a legit amateur wrestling background as he was an Olympic wrestler and that was what he got in gold medal in.

I look forward to his eventual return even if he doesn't wrestle full-time again. He deserves one more run in WWE.

Monday, January 16, 2017

On this MLK Jr. day....

As we look at this instagram post above of a young Martin Luther King Jr about to graduate from Morehouse. I want to share with you this commentary from PJ Media. Here's an excerpt:
Whoever King really was, whatever he sincerely believed, the image of King worth celebrating was presented in that 1963 speech. We aspire toward a world where children "will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." That vision of racial reconciliation, of judgment according to merit, speaks to each and every human being. It's something we can and should get behind. It evokes the American spirit, a point emphasized when King cited the Declaration of Independence. Ninety-four percent of Americans came to favor King because they associate him with that dream, not because they support whatever radicalism he later embraced.
I haven't read enough of Dr. King's speeches or writings to know what his feelings are on any particular subjects. The Civil Rights Movement was necessary regardless of how it appears to be hijacked later. That article shows how Dr. King hit his peak through the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act and he was able to defeat segregationists of the south.

Either way question we have to ask is whether or not Dr. King radicalized before his tragic death and even then does his work during the civil rights movement show a measure of a man.

This long running blog...

I started this blog 12 years ago while a student at Morehouse College. It's likely the account to set up this blog was created in a computer lab while at school.

This blog has at times helped me focus on class or has been a needed distraction. Who knows, but over the years it has gotten some significant linkbacks and enabled me to do other projects.

For example I briefly wrote for the now defunct Gaper's Block on their political section. I also wrote for a time on the statewide Illinoize blog created by Rich Miller which is largely defunct today as well even if there somewhat infrequent posts there now.

Also I should note many of those significant linkbacks came from The Capitol Fax and one came from Instapundit. That was a funny development all the sudden I got the most comments on any post for that day ever and likely the first major series of traffic. And despite trying I never got one again.

This blog somewhat represents how I saw the medium of the world wide web aka the internet. My plan was to explore creating a website and then content people want to see. For example I once had a geocities page, and now that free service is defunct.

Blogging had been around in some form since I had been a senior in high school. In fact this service I used Blogger had been around that long. One minor problem, I knew nothing about it for a number of years until I went away to school or indeed discovered other blogs written by everyday people. More accurately, I found out about Blogger playing around on Protest Warrior.

After 12 years I'm still glad people want to read this "soapbox". This is my space to express my opinion even if many choose to disagree with it and they're free to. As long as I can continue to come up with content this space will be where you will see it.

In addition it inspired me to set up other blogs for different subjects. For example, The Sixth Ward is largely devoted to neighborhood and city/state politics. Also there is the Shedd School blog which has a similar purpose and still looking for a comfortable direction for that blog. Still both are locally centered and this blog hopefully will look at more general topics.

Either way I hope you all have a wonderful and restful MLK Jr. holiday which is the day this post is both written and published. :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Trump pushes back against John Lewis

Before Trump even becomes President he's continuing to make news with his tweets. He went after Civil Rights legend and Congressman John Lewis. They're embedded below.

What prompted those two tweets from The Hill:
Lewis on Friday told NBC News he wouldn’t attend next week’s inauguration, saying he doesn’t believe Trump is a "legitimate president."

"I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It's going to be very difficult. I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis said.

“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” he added.

“I don't plan to attend the inauguration. It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”
Click here for a map of Lewis' 5th Congressional district which mostly takes up the City of Atlanta, Georgia. And includes Morehouse College where I graduated with my BA in Political Science. Trump did engage in a form of generalization here, but got to admire his willingness to fire back. 

Hat-tip Instapundit...who to be honest really doesn't need my backlink, however, I just had to share this slam against the Smithsonian's African-American museum. It's a place I hope to visit when going to the nations capitol.

The nature of this slam is noted after doing a quick post about Justice Clarence Thomas inaugurating former Indiana Governor Mike Pence as the new Vice President. Glenn Reynolds hopes that the museum will actually one day acknowledge Justice Thomas' existence in Black history.

BTW, back to John Lewis, the Russians actually didn't really have to do anything. Hillary lost the election by herself. It turned out to be Trump's time and even though he was imperfect in many ways momentum proved to be on his side. If the country took issue with any hacking of information from the DNC or Hillary herself it would've certainly mattered in this election and we'd have been living under a President-elect Hillary Clinton. That didn't happen last year and with the uncertainty over the election I had been bracing myself.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Get a load of this tweet about Assange...

Admitedly wikileaks and +Julian Assange are getting increased attention these days. Assange and that organization has always been around in someway, to be honest I've rarely paid much attention. At the same time his organization was able to influence the 2016 election and even better cleared up the thinking of a certain circle.

BTW, I've seen his interview with Sean Hannity, anti-corruption he says. Does anyone this he's exposed this with the Democrats and Secretary Hillary Clinton? 

Also this was a good tweet by the Libertarian Party.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The man in the arena

This should be my charge going forward seen and heard in a number of places. This was a quote used when Extreme Championship Wrestling went bankrupt in 2001. Posted to the ECW website by owner Paul Heyman.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.  
What will be your charge in 2017?

This is a quote from a speech made in 1910 by former President Theodore Roosevelt considered one of our greatest presidents.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Several income streams

I'm thinking more and more about many ways of earning income. These past two years, there has been a lot of luck in finding good jobs.

For example for the first time in life as of last year I work full-time and with benefits. It took some time to get there, but it's often a matter of luck or being in the right place at the right time. Of course as with life expect some unexpected circumstances at work.

Also I consider some goals for the new year and I want to always improve financially. Save money, find ways to make more money aside from working a job, keep an eye on my 401k account. There's always something that I can do to move ahead.

At least there's this article as a base for learning, perhaps as we all go forward in 2017 there are other articles to look for on personal finance.